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“Remember the Ladies” this Women’s History Month, Embrace These Nine Programs Across the Country

The American Battlefield Trust recommends the following programs, as we seek to recognize women’s roles throughout the past and present

Colleen Cheslak-Poulton, (202) 367-1861 x7234

(Washington, D.C.) — March has been recognized as Women’s History Month in the United States since 1995, designating a time for all across the nation to recognize the vital role of women in American history. Whether it was through service to the nation, advocating for and advancing rights, innovating and leading in hard-fought careers, gracing stages, screens, books and newspapers with vast talent, and more, women have made and continue to make their mark on history. It has been told time and again that Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, in 1776, requesting that he and the Continental Congress “remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.” This month reflects upon the nation’s journey to “remember the ladies” through years of growth and change.  

The American Battlefield Trust encourages all to embrace the stories of the many women who have molded the American story we know today by partaking in the following program recommendations.  

March 1-15: “Woman’s Collaboration Brew Day” | Brandy Station, Va. 
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a cold one and honor Civil War nurse Cornelia Hancock, who used hops and yeast for medicinal purposes during the war. The limited-edition Hancock’s Blueberry Heferweizen is on tap at the Old Trade Brewery and Cidery. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Services to Abused Families (SAFE) in Culpeper and surrounding counties. Learn more. 

March 13: “Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Series: Female Spies of the Confederacy” | Mentor, Ohio 
Join staff from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site at the Mentor Public Library to hear tales of southern women who spied for the Confederacy during the Civil War: how they gathered intelligence, got it into the hands of southern leaders, what happened to them, and more. This event is free; call Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811 to make a reservation. Learn more. 

March 14, 21, 28: “Women Spies of the Revolution” at Federal Hall National Memorial | New York, N.Y.  
Join Federal Hall National Memorial every Thursday throughout Women’s History Month for a ranger presentation on the female spies of the Revolutionary War. Learn how the intelligence these women provided was vital to American efforts and eventual victory against the British. This weekly event starts at 11 am and is free to the public. Learn more. 

March 14: “Women’s Action During the American Civil War” | Lowell, Mass. 
Come learn about the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a group made up of Union women during the Civil War who sought to help the wounded and sick soldiers. This event will take guests from the Lowell National Historic Park through various notable locations throughout downtown Lowell, emphasizing the role these women played in securing a Union victory. This event is free and starts at 10 am, though guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes early. Learn more. 

March 16: “From Washerwomen to WACs: Women's History at Fort Washington” | Fort Washington, Md. 
Journey to the old fort for a program that promises to teach visitors about the history of the location through a woman’s perspective. See Civil War-era laundry supplies and a footlocker from a Women’s Army Corps member during World War II, or talk with staff about women’s involvement in American warfare from American Revolution onward. Learn more. 

March 17: “Women Over There: American Nurses in World War I” | Washington, D.C. 
Join the National Park Service at the World War I Memorial to learn about women’s service during World War I. With such a large need for medical infrastructure to treat soldiers overseas, the U.S. Army turned to women to help fill this role. Learn more. 

March 18: “Bringing Home the White House: The Hidden History of the Women who Shaped the Presidency in the 20th Century” | virtual 
Join the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in an online conversation with historian Melissa Estes Blair, author of "Bringing Home the White House: The Hidden History of the Women who Shaped the Presidency in the 20th Century.” RSVP is required. Learn more. 

March 23: “Women's History Day at Reconstruction Era National Historical Park” | Beaufort, S.C. 
Hear from Reconstruction Era National Historical Park staff about the role of women during the Reconstruction era at Darrah Hall at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark District. Listen to the stories of Susie King Taylor and Harriet Tubman during this period, the fight for suffrage, and more.  Learn more. 

March 30: “Woman’s History Costume Party” | Washington, D.C. 
Join the DAR Museum for an evening spent celebrating powerful women throughout the past. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite female icons and immerse themselves in music and camaraderie. Each ticket for this 21+ event is $45 and includes small bites and two drink tickets.  Learn more.